Pratt & Whitney Canada says it will invest more than C$1 billion ($870 million) in research and development over the next 4.5 years to develop the next generation of high-performance aircraft engines. The investment includes a $300 million repayable contribution from the Government of Canada under the Strategic Aerospace and Defense Initiative (SADI) program.

P&WC is developing advanced propulsion technologies for improved environmental performance, including reduced fuel consumption and weight, lower emissions and less noise. These technologies will be leveraged across the company's product families for new and existing turbofan, turboprop and turboshaft engines in business, regional and general aviation and helicopter applications.

P&WC is also investing C$275 million over five years in technologies and upgrades to its facilities, including the creation of a Centre of Excellence for intelligent manufacturing in Longueuil. This Centre of Excellence will feature three new intelligent production lines dedicated to manufacturing key components for the family of PurePower engines. It is expected to be fully operational in 2015.

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